- The Washington Times - Monday, June 23, 2008


‘Ugliest dog’ has 3 legs, 1 eye

PETALUMA | Gus the dog has three legs, one eye and no hair, except for a white tuft on the top of his head. He’s a real winner.

The pedigree Chinese crested won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest Saturday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California. His owner, Jeanenne Teed, brought Gus from St. Petersburg, Fla., to compete for the dubious distinction.

After the excitement of the moment, Miss Teed characterized her dog’s reaction: “Well, I think right now he’s ready for a nap.”

The Chinese crested breed is a popular choice in this annual contest. Last year’s champ, Elwood, was a Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix.

Gus’ owner won $500 and will be flown to New York to appear on “CBS This Morning.”

The event will be aired on the Animal Planet network in October.


Skyscraper sign plans irk condo owners

PHILADELPHIA | A corporation’s plan to put its name up in red lights on a landmark downtown skyscraper is generating protests from luxury condo owners who only recently have begun moving into the building.

Unisys Corp. is shifting its headquarters to the iconic tower after more than three decades in the suburbs in part to increase its visibility. To help do that, the information-technology company wants to erect two UNISYS signs with illuminated 11-foot-high red letters more than halfway up two sides of the 58-story building.

The city administration, which wooed the company with tax incentives, backs the signs. It sees them as a way to advertise that Philadelphia is becoming a better home for corporations.

But the condo owners in Two Liberty Place find the idea ghastly. They say it would be like putting McDonald’s arches on the facade of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Let the signs go up, they say, and the city’s downtown will be on its way to becoming another Las Vegas.

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